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Pakistan to continue WC plan against Tigers

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 19 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Pakistan to continue WC plan against Tigers
Pakistan captain Babar Azam plays a shot during a training session at the BCB National Cricket Academy in Mirpur on Thursday. – AFP PHOTO

Pakistan will go in the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh with the same batting plan like what they did in the recently-concluded ICC T20 World Cup in UAE, skipper Babar Azam revealed on Thursday.

Pakistan was one of the most successful batting sides in the recent World Cup where they kept their wickets in hand in the earlier overs and accelerated their innings later on.

In the three innings they batted first in the tournament, Pakistan managed to score 29, 35 and 47 runs without losing any wicket in the power-play but they went on to finish with massive totals of 189-2, 189-4 and 176-4 against Namibia, Scotland and Australia respectively.

They also repeated the same approach while chasing the targets and the plan bore fruit as well as they made it to the semifinal stage with an unbeaten record before losing to Australia, who later on won the tournament.  

“I haven’t seen the wicket but going by my experience it’s pretty slow here,” Babar told reporters during an online media interaction ahead of today’s T20 series opener against Bangladesh.

“As far as I understand, the wicket won’t be the same as like UAE. We have to keep our wickets in hand so that we can push in the end. In the World Cup, we tried to accelerate in the last seven to eight overs and the planning will be the same. The more we keep our wicket intact we have better chances,” he added.

Babar informed that they have no chance of taking Bangladesh lightly despite the hosts’ missing several key players and would play with a new-look side after their disastrous performance in the World Cup.

“There are Test matches as well and it’s their home series so you can’t take them easily though they are missing a couple of their key players. There are some seasoned cricketers and they play in the BPL so we can’t take them easily,” he said.

“We want to continue playing the brand of cricket that we have played in the World Cup and get the result,” he said, adding that he’s happy with the BCB’s decision of allowing fans for the series.

“Bangladesh is a cricket-loving nation and we have seen their support for Pakistan cricket. It is good news that fans are allowed to watch the game for the first time since the Covid and I feel we also have few fans here as they regularly watch our training sessions from their rooftops. They are standing by the roadside to waive our team bus,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pakistan left out their experienced duo Asif Ali and Imad Wasim for today’s showdown against Bangladesh as they on Thursday announced a 12-member squad for the first T20I at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Squad: Babar Azam (Capt), Shadab Khan (Vice-Capt), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim jnr, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shoaib Malik.